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Dane Curse

(Black Cape Case Files #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  111 reviews
For a guy like me, who can shrug off bullets and lift seven tons, there's no better profession than powered crime, and no greater burg to practice it in than Gold Coast City. But after ten years of tossing Buicks at heroes I wised up, took the black cape off my back, and hung out a shingle. Only instead of Dark Deeds Done Daily, this one reads Dane Curse, PI. Now I work ca ...more
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Published February 10th 2015 by Matt Abraham
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Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
While I have this on my comic shelf, it isn't a comic book. It's a novel that could easily be made into one, though. I could practically see the graphic art as he thundered his way through this twisty murder mystery (noir detective) full of super heroes & villains (white & black capes). Dane isn't one of the big league, but even they have trouble stopping him when he's on a mission. Besides being incredibly strong, tough, & determined, he has some good friends & some awesome bits ...more
John Autero
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading “Dan Curse – A Black Cape Case File” and what a ride it was. Author, Matt Abraham has written a spiraling “who-done-it” set in a creative and interesting world of super heroes and super villains.
The story takes place in Gold Coast City, a first world metropolis that is the home to a noble group called the “White Capes” and a not so noble group called the “Black Capes”. White Capes are super heroes that possess a variety of fascinating super powers and patrol Go
Jason M Waltz
Terrific fun, great mystery, setting, characters, weapons, superpowers, dialogue, atmosphere, vehicles, personas, action, fisticuffs, romance, attitude, evil villains, noir adventure! Perhaps the writing could have been better in a few places, but to be honest the absolute joy I experienced while reading this rushed me right past any hiccups. I bought the only other Dane Curse title available, but I probably would have bought all the series if they'd been around. Nothing deep, other than the pur ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Imagine having a name card that goes something like this: Dane Curse-Super Powered Villain-Dark Deeds Done Daily.

WHITE CAPES & BLACK CAPES - Gosh! Being a fan of DC Comics and Marvel, I can honestly say that this book is right up there along with my favourite comics! I got hooked from the start. I mean, a name like Dane Curse is just so freaking cool :-)

So, the White Capes are the superheroes and the Black Capes are the villains. Anyway, while reading, I kept picturing an old black and whi
James McCormick
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If Stan Lee and Raymond Chandler co wrote a screenplay for Pixar who then brought Dashiell Hammett in to re-write some of the dialogue then I imagine it might turn out something like Dane Curse.

A streetwise private eye living on the fringe of society (not the usual ex cop but an ex super-villain, a black cape in this instance) with “invulnerability and super strength in the seven ton range” must navigate the super-criminal underworld to investigate the seemingly impossible murder of the greates
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Review: Dane Curse (Black Case Files #1) by Matt Abraham Self-Published (February 10th 2015)
ISBN: 978-1518796715
Source: review copy provided by author
Rating: 4*
If you lose a black cape, and can't go to the cops, then you come to me because that's what I do. I've been in the game for years. I know all the curves and all the angles, and if it gets rough then so be it, I got plenty strength, I'm double tough, and I never quit. And if need be I'll pull my artillery to get you some an
Devi Nair
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ebooks
Super Hero and villains exchange their roles and everyone becomes the good guys for one novel. But if everyone are good guys and there is still a crime committed, that means someone is hiding behind a mask. And that is where Dane Curse comes in. Dane Curse is a super Villain turned detective for anyone who has an interesting case. And what can be more interesting that to investigate the murder of the city’s beloved White Caped Hero?

The story is interesting and different. The scene setting of the
Jennifer Girardin
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dane Curse A Black Cape Case File by Matt Abraham is an action packed, suspenseful, and adventurous novel set in Gold Coast City, and is filled with superheroes and super villains, represented by white capes and black capes, and features private investigator Dane Curse, a former black cape.
Hired by the Sindicate, Dane must race against all odds---and some ruthlessly stiff competition---while bringing not only the perpetrators of murder to justice, as he fights to save his reputation---and the ci
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was nothing what I thought it would be. I was positively surprised by the witty dialogues and interesting plot. Dane Curse, an eccentric private detective, is hired to solve the murder case of Pinnacle- the king of superheroes. But he got only 5 days to solve this very intriguing mystery.
Author’s creativity reflects not only on the development of so many characters with amazing powers, but also on how swiftly the story moves from one scene to another. To be honest, I’m not a great
Bettye McKee
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Pulp fiction

Look what I found, an author with a lively imagination who creates comic book-like characters and intense action adventure. The story is so unbelievable it's hilarious, but you're having such a great time, you couldn't care less.

Dane Curse is a former black cape, Dirty Deeds Done Daily, who has hung up his cape to become a private investigator. He's been summoned to solve a horrendous crime, the murder of the most popular white cape, Pinnacle. It's an express roller coaster ride from
Tim Schneider
This is a hard book to review. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't particularly compelling either. I don't feel bad about reading it. But I wouldn't highly recommend it. It was just...okay.

This is a prose super-hero book. The closest analogy is probably Astro City...without as much heart. And upon further review, the protagonist reminds me a bit of Steeljack. Dane Curse was a "black cape" the supervillains of this world. He's mostly turned over a new leaf acting as a P.I. investigating mostly the deat
Jbb Lim
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I was given this book with an honest review.**

The author has approached me for an honest review. And this book has came to me as a surprise. Alright, in all honesty when I first started picking this book out, I wasn't in the mood for Mystery & Thriller. So I put it back down and go on reading something else. Then again, I pick it up and I got myself all interested with the plot line and read it like reading a comic.

I must say, I like how the world building premise setup, and it is enough
T.K. Lukas
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There I was, cruising the aisles of the Amazon jungle, my fingers itchy for something different to put on my Kindle, something I hadn't tasted before. I was minding my own business, not looking for trouble. Well, OK, maybe I looked like a girl who was looking for trouble, when along comes this Dane Curse. And that's when the fun began.
Told in first person like all good detective stories should be, with the feeling that your stepping into a black and white film noir, author Matt Abraham transport
Matt Kincade
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great mix of superhero fare and noir detective pulp, which blended together naturally and just worked. The characters were fun and well fleshed out, the dialogue witty and snappy, the action scenes well done, and the plot was tight and fast moving.

Dane Curse takes place in Gold Coast City a place with more superheroes and supervillains, per capita than anywhere else in the world. They inhabit a complicated ecosystem of white cape supers and black cape villai
Scott Spotson
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
As a lover of superhero stories, I was looking forward to Dane Curse, a man with extraordinary abilities who's hung up his cape and is working as a private detective in a society full of technological advances and superheroes. Hardboiled detective talk combined with a society that has some flashes of a futuristic society--but not quite in the age of spaceships yet--make this an intriguing read.

The premise was thus very interesting, and here I found it got a bit bogged down with the large number
C.D. Gorri
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pleasantly surprised! What an awesome story! This is not my typical genre, but I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book! Dane Curse is not your typical private eye and the fictional world Matt Abraham has created is anything but your typical good guys/bad guys playground. The story is fast paced, action packed, and full of sayings and phrases that immediately envelop the reader into the plot.

Okay I admit when I started reading Dane had a Cagney voice over in my head, but seriously, it di
Sue Wyshynski
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How could I not love a book with the line "“Her shoulder length hair was the color of pitch and looked like it only had casual relationships with the brushes it knew”?

The cover is fantastic and completely conveys the feel of this comic book reality brought to life in novel form. It's exactly how I picture Dane, the main character, going about his everyday business. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Dane's world. He's a flawed guy who's out there in a city of white and black capes just tryin
Bill Williams
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dane Curse is a first-person detective story set in a world of Black Capes and White Capes. When one of the Good Guy White Capes is found murdered in a stash house run by the Syndicate, they call in a few detectives. Dane Curse is one of them.

An ex-Black Cape, Dane looks into situations for people on the wrong side of the law, or people who do not want dirt tracked back to their door. The death of Pinnacle has both. As Dane follows the twists and turns of the case, he crosses paths with the best
James Faro
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Private Detective Dane Curse investigates the murder of Pinnacle, Gold City's greatest super hero. Dane is an intriguing character, a reformed black cape with a troubled past. The story is told in the first person which helps the reader to get inside Dane's head and reminds me of those black and white detective films from the 1940s where the Private Investigator speaks his thoughts out loud.
This is a well written story with a cast of fascinating characters; some with amazing powers and abilitie
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, for-review
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a vintage black & white movie style feel to it that I thought was awesome for this genre of superheroes and villains. The outcome of the mystery took me by surprise & that's all I will say about it because I hate spoilers so you will just have to read it yourself.

I can't wait to read what happens next for Dane Curse. I highly recommend this book to everyone so go get it already! :P
Jeff Parker
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super hard boiled noir

The premises alone warrants a look. Sam Spade crossed with golden age heroes and villains, what's not to love? As if that's not enough Mr. Abraham brings us an action packed caper with all the elements of a classic noir detective yarn. From dialogue to characters and the town everything is perfect.
Is it clichéd? Check.
Tough guy hero with a soft spot? Bingo.
Classy villains? Of course.
His girl Friday? Oh yeah.
Like I said, perfect.
Robert Gelms
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Curses, Not Foiled Again
By Bob Gelms
There I was, perusing books looking for a hot number. My eyes traveled over The Dain Curse and kept going. But my brain skidded to a halt and spilled all this out in a matter of seconds: it was written by one of the great writers of the 20th century, Dashiell Hammett and featured the very first hardboiled detective in the genre who is never named but referred to as the Continental Op (as in operator).
Mr. Hammett invented the “type”, also giving us Nick and No
David Caldwell
Dane Curse used to be a black hat. Then he gave up the life of a supervillian and became a private detective that specializes in cases for black hats. But when the greatest superhero in the world is killed, Dane finds himself on his most convoluted case yet.

I love the mixing of noir mystery and superhero in this book. At times, it reminded me of Dick Tracy with heroes and villians that are almost caricatures of people with silly names. But the story is never silly, it is played serious throughou
Brian Turner
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
An enjoyable pulp/noir style detective story set in a world of super heroes ("white capes") and villains ("black capes").
Retired black cape Dane Curse investigates cases where other black capes are the victims (as the police and hero squads aren't too worried when one of them is the victim).

Asked to look into a high profile case, he comes up with a long list of suspects and some unsuspected allies.

The characters are well written, and the dialogue really helps with the setting. Curse is a likeabl
alan l jarbeau
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super heroes have become today's popular form of entertainment.

I really had no preconceived notions as what to expect from this novel. However I was pleasantly surprised by the unique pairing of the comic book super hero genre,plus the detective noir type novel reminiscent of Mike hammer or Philip Marlowe type novels. The addition of the main chapter having been one of the black capes at one time makes him somewhat as the anti-hero enabling him to work both sides to be able to solve his cases. I
Wow, what a great example of awesome storytelling!

This is a murder mystery in the world of super heroes and super villains. It will appeal to fans of each genre; fans of both will be enthralled. There are epic fight scenes, plot twists, relationship developments, intrigue, and corruption. The pacing is perfect; it never slowed down or felt rushed. The writing is witty and full of creative similes and metaphors.

I kind of got lost with all the character names, which happens to me a lot, so it's pr
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Curse Comes to the Defense

This was a very unusual book to read . But once you were able to come to terms with the fantasy the story was a good read. One had to put off ones ability to be able to press 7 tons. But it was a fun read even with some of the outlandish traits of the characters. I really enjoyed the characters of Smiley and Rush and also Lynchpin. In all a good read when nothing else is available.
C.A. Knutsen
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mickey Spillane in an unusual world

This is fun private detective story with the Detective telling the story. The author was creative in the naming of the various characters and their special abilities. He did it in such a way that these features simply blended into the landscape. The banter and descriptions of world this story takes place in were very clever and added to the fun. The characters were engaging.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful view from the other side of Herodom

Let's be honest: No matter how good the writing may be, genre gets boring and you have to dig for the goodies. Let me save you some time. Dane Curse Black Cape Files Book One of almost too much fun. It has that wonderful Daschle Hammer snark as well as good old Noir detective story feelings. I would recommend this book to any fan of superhero, detective, and mystery and feel I've done them a service. Go get, and enjoy!
Rubin Carpenter
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My two favorite genres together !
Dane curse a mid-level former super villian turned Private Investigator is hired to solve the murder of the world's greatest Super Hero
He takes on super powered villians, Heroes,& Government agents
This is the most riveting read I've had in awhile
I'm now hooked on this series
Highly recommended if you love P.I. mysteries
and Superheroes
youre gonna love Dane Curse
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